InspireMe: Where You Find Your Story


The house settled by the Ogle family in the Great Smokey Mountains near Gatlinburg, Tenn.

How will you create your place?

Where is it located?



How often have you traveled there or visited this place in your imagination?

Do you miss it when you go?


A downtown view of Gatlinburg, Tenn.

The truth is that the place does not belong to you. The place you write houses your characters.


Who are they?


Do they fall in love?

Do they face prejudice because they are from different ethnic or religious backgrounds?


Does one character enjoy science fiction and the other art?


You write their ending, but they do not belong to you.

Whenever I have thought of place, I look at art. There is a lot a writer can learn from photographers and painters. Since being a writer is about perfecting your craft, I think the education extends outside the boundaries of literature. As you might have noticed, I am a visual learner.


Just as I enjoy authors who write visually; for example, Joshilyn Jackson and Pat Conroy, I also look for artwork that moves and teaches me about place and character.


Where do you find inspiration?

Photos and Words by Rebecca T. Dickinson

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